Calls are mounting again for Congress to renew an import ban on products from Burma which is due to expire on 26 July.

Citing further human rights abuses in Burma, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has sent letters to Congress urging the swift renewal of the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003. 

AAFA president and CEO Kevin Burke said the renewal "will send a clear and unmistakable message that the United States is not interested in doing business with regimes like the one that brutally enslaves the people of Burma."

He added: "A unilateral approach, however, will only bring about a limited effect."

"I hope the world community will join the United States in implementing economic sanctions to demonstrate that there is no room for oppression in the global marketplace."

The current House bill would maintain import restrictions against the ruling military junta in Burma for up to three years.

The US has imposed an import ban on Burma since 2003, but the country continues to be cited by numerous organisations and governments for widespread human rights violations.

Most recently, there was outrage in the international community by the junta's arrest and persecution of general secretary of the National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi.